Neighborhoods Show Strength in the Rain on National Night Out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The strength of a neighborhood is shown while kids dance in the rain.

"Devotion. Loving a community," says Phil Lewis, who lives in the John Barrow community.

National Night Out (NNO) turned into a big puddle of fun Tuesday night for the West Central/John Barrow neighborhoods.

"Despite of all that, we still had a great time," says Little Rock Resource Specialist Ruby Dean.

NNO is all about community building, knowing the police officers and firefighters working in your neighborhood and knowing your neighbors.

Lewis says people still coming out despite the weather proves Victory over Violence.

"They're trying to make a statement. The situation down their in Vegas, Chicago, all over the place. We gotta stop all this," says Lewis.

Dean organized the event at the West Central Complex. She says people in this area are ready to see violence end in their backyard.

"The neighborhood is concerned and they take pride in their neighborhood and National Night Out is a passion for them," says Lewis.

The rain may have put a slight damper on plans but thanks to it, a powerful message of hope by the people showing up.

"This is what you call southern hospitality," says Lewis.

There were a few neighborhoods that canceled their NNO party. It's unclear if they'll re-schedule.


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